University's UNIQ partnership named runners up at Guardian University Awards 2014

"Level 3 college students can now experience education in a way that is not possible in isolated college facilities and will therefore be able to gain an insight into higher levels of science and the opportunities that are available and attainable beyond their current studies."

Steve Wyn Williams, Director of Academic Policy and Development at Staffordshire University

March 13, 2014: An educational regeneration project which draws on the scientific expertise of Staffordshire University and its local colleges has picked up a top accolade at the Guardian University Awards 2014.

An initiative involving Staffordshire University and partners Stoke College and Stoke Sixth Form College to inspire A-level and BTEC science students to progress seamlessly on to the University’s science degree programmes was named runner’s up in facilities project category at the Guardian University Awards 2014.

The outcome was the realisation of the University’s new £30m Science Centre, which acts as a shared facility for the delivery of science education, research and engagement in Stoke-on-Trent.

Steve Wyn Williams, Director of Academic Policy and Development at Staffordshire University, said: "Architecturally, we worked to ensure the concept was iconic but also an attractive environment, which would be full of light, interest and open spaces so that everyone from everywhere would feel welcome the moment they entered the building."

"Level 3 college students can now experience education in a way that is not possible in isolated college facilities and will therefore be able to gain an insight into higher levels of science and the opportunities that are available and attainable beyond their current studies."

The £30m building houses laboratories, formal and informal learning, teaching and meeting spaces exhibition and conference facilities. It is also the permanent work base for 140 researchers and other staff.  Take a virtual tour of the Science Centre.

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